You are here: Home » PTI Stories » National » News
Business Standard

Scrutinising HC order upholding appointment of 3 BJP MLAs: Puducherry Speaker

Press Trust of India  |  Puducherry 

Puducherry Assembly Speaker V Vaithilingam has informed the three BJP MLAs, nominated to the House by the Centre, that he is "carefully scrutinising" the Madras High Court order upholding their appointment.

The three BJP members -- V Saminathan, K G Shankar and S Selvaganapathy -- were nominated by LG Kiran Bedi last year.

The Assembly Speaker had on November 12 last year cancelled their nominations, declaring them invalid.

Vaithilingam informed the three members through Assembly Secretary A Vincent Rayar that he would make a decision "shortly" after consulting legal experts and "until then there would be no change in my decision announced on November 12 last year".

The Speaker's communication to the three members was a reply to their letters he and the Assembly Secretary had received on March 24 and 25 requesting them to comply with the March 22 high court order upholding their nominations.

"With great respect to the High Court of Madras, I would say that before passing an order on my decision dated November 12 last year I should have been given an opportunity of being heard. Here I was neither heard nor made a party in the writ petitions," the communication read.

"The principles of natural justice have not not been followed. The order of the High Court was passed without hearing me. As such there is infirmity and lack of constitutional clarity in the order of the Madras High Court," the Speaker pointed out in his communication to the members.

The Assembly will convene tomorrow for three days to adopt a Vote on Account Bill to earmark funds to the government for the first few months of 2018-2019.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

Dear Reader,


Business Standard has always strived hard to provide up-to-date information and commentary on developments that are of interest to you and have wider political and economic implications for the country and the world. Your encouragement and constant feedback on how to improve our offering have only made our resolve and commitment to these ideals stronger. Even during these difficult times arising out of Covid-19, we continue to remain committed to keeping you informed and updated with credible news, authoritative views and incisive commentary on topical issues of relevance.
We, however, have a request.

As we battle the economic impact of the pandemic, we need your support even more, so that we can continue to offer you more quality content. Our subscription model has seen an encouraging response from many of you, who have subscribed to our online content. More subscription to our online content can only help us achieve the goals of offering you even better and more relevant content. We believe in free, fair and credible journalism. Your support through more subscriptions can help us practise the journalism to which we are committed.

Support quality journalism and subscribe to Business Standard.

Digital Editor

First Published: Mon, March 26 2018. 00:15 IST
RECOMMENDED FOR YOU